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Photo of Jamie Barresi.

HEAD COACH

JAMIE BARRESI

After being an assistant coach in the CFL for nine years, Jamie Barresi is coming back to his roots at the University of Ottawa, where he once played and coached. Entering his first head coaching job, Barresi has been exposed to many different head coaches in the CFL and in the NCAA, who have helped him gather knowledge and experience in dealing with various situations.

Barresi played four years as quarterback for the Gee-Gees, from 1976-1979, including a trip to the national semi-final in ‘76. In his fifth year, he decided to help coach the Gee-Gees and later moved on to finish his eligibility at the University of Guelph. After finishing up his football career at Guelph, Barresi came back to the University of Ottawa as an assistant coach for two more years.

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His coaching career sky-rocketed from that point as he moved into a graduate assistant coaching role at Penn State. In his first year there, the Lions made it to the National Championship Game.  He went on to spend a total of twenty seasons coaching in the NCAA at notable football programs such as Florida and Wake Forest, before returning to Canada.

Joining the CFL as an offensive coordinator in 2004, Barresi started his Canadian Football coaching career in his hometown of Hamilton, Ont. for the Tiger-Cats. Since then he has coached on the offensive side of the ball for the B.C. Lions, Saskatchewan Roughriders, and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers where he guided the team to a 2011 Grey Cup appearance as the offensive coordinator.

He comes to uOttawa from the Edmonton Eskimos, where he served as the run game coordinator this past season. “There are too many highlights in my career. You take one and you just nullify the 20 other ones,” explained Barresi about his coaching experiences. “It’s just the people I’ve been able to work with – those are all the highlights.”

For the upcoming season with the Gee-Gees, Barresi is excited for the opportunity to help the team develop and grow, on and off the field. “I’m trying to make them better players, at the same time helping them with life skills through the game of football,” said Barresi.

Having been able to work with many different coaches and athletes, Barresi is looking forward for the chance to work with good leadership in the players and coaching staff. Providing structure, discipline and organization, Barresi believes these things are necessary for the program to thrive.

“I can keep the course steady for them, but it is up to [the players] after that. Stability will then come about, and after that happens there will be growth. That’s a key thing – a chance for growth.” Relying on the leaders to step up and be accountable for what the team is, Barresi has no doubt they will do what is important for team. 

Expecting the 2013-2014 Gee-Gees to play fast, hard and with intelligence, Barresi will not tolerate any undisciplined play. “If we have no unforced errors, limit our turnovers while having the ability to create turnovers and if we execute at a certain level then we will at least be in the game. We’ll have a chance.”

“I expect the players to be a group of fighters on the field – I won’t put up with anything less,” says Barresi. “This will be an intelligent, respectful, and resilient team but they will be fighters first and foremost.”

Barresi earned his undergraduate degrees from uOttawa in Kinanthropology in 1980, and Education in 1982. He also holds a Master of Science degree from Penn State and a Master of Arts degree in Sport Administration from the University of Florida. Finally, Barresi completed his doctorate in exercise and sports science from Penn State in 1992, specializing in motor learning and control.

 

ASSISTANT COACHES

Photo of Devin Murphy, coach.

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR

DEVIN MURPHY

Devin Murphy was hired as the Gee-Gees defensive coordinator in February of 2013. Murphy played for uOttawa from 2001-05 as a defensive back and joined the coaching staff the following season, becoming a well-respected defensive backs coach. He then moved to St. Mary’s in 2008 where he served three seasons as defensive backs coach before becoming defensive coordinator in 2011. In each of his two seasons as defensive coordinator, the Huskies defence posted CIS top five statistics in yards per game and points per game allowed.  Murphy, who is from Ottawa, also coached the defensive backs for Football Canada’s 2012 U20 Junior National Team which won the gold at the IFAF Junior World Championship in Austin, Texas.

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SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR, DEFENSIVE BACKS COACH

STEVEN WATTS

Steven Watts, who joined uOttawa as a full-time coach in March of 2013, had a five-year career as a Gee-Gee player spanning the 2003-07 seasons. Watts worked with Murphy at St. Mary’s as the defensive backs coach, and also coached the Huskies’ special teams unit in 2012. The Ottawa native was recognized as an Academic All-Canadian and is also the program’s coordinator of community development.

 

DEFENSIVE LINE COACHES

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MIKE IRELAND

Michael Ireland joins the coaching staff for his first season. The native of Osgoode played for the Gee-Gees from 2004-06 and has remained in Ottawa, coaching with St. Mark’s high school team.

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KICKERS COACH

DAVID MILLER-JOHNSTON

David Miller-Johnston is an Ottawa native now in his eighth year of coaching with the Gee-Gees. Over that time he has worked with two of the highest performing Gee-Gees kickers of all time. Named a 1997 All-Canadian during his five seasons as punter/kicker at Concordia, Miller-Johnston was drafted second overall in the 1998 CFL draft by Toronto. That was the highest a kicker has ever been selected in the CFL draft. He completed his professional career in 2002 with the Ottawa Renegades before returning to Concordia University, serving as the kickers coach for two seasons.

Photo of Tyler Sawyer, coach.

LINEBACKERS COACH

TYLER SAWYER

Sawyer appeared in 41 games over his five years as a Gee-Gees linebacker (2008-12). He earned an OUA All-Star award in 2011, and registered 43 tackles and 3 sacks in his final season.
 

OFFENSIVE LINE COACHES

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JOEY KWASNIEWSKI

Kwasniewski is a uOttawa human kinetics graduate who also earned a Master’s of kinesiology from the University of Calgary. He brings three years of coaching experience with the Calgary Dinos and seven years of experience coaching high school, in addition to four years as the Calgary Stampeders assistant strength and conditioning coach. Kwasniewski is the president of King Football Ltd.

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KEVIN MAGEE

A graduate of the University of Ottawa’s Master’s of education program, Magee played two seasons as an o-lineman/fullback with the Gee-Gees (2010, 2012) following two seasons at Queen’s (2005-06).

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SCOTT WESTLAKE

An alumnus of the Bishop’s Gaiters football program, Westlake is the head coach of the Cumberland Panthers senior varsity team. The Ottawa native has also held numerous positions within the Ashbury College program, and joins the Gee-Gees for his first season.

 

OFFENSIVE ASSISTANT, STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH

MATT KASSNER

Kassner played defensive back for three seasons at Acadia University and two seasons with the Gee-Gees (2011, 2012) after earning a championship at Merivale High School in Ottawa. He earned a Master’s degree in electric business technologies from uOttawa and was recognized as an Academic All-Canadian.

Photo of Jim Clark, coach.

RUNNING BACKS COACH

JIM CLARK

Jim Clark, who has been active in the Ottawa football scene in recent years with the Ashbury College Colts and the Ottawa Invaders, returns to the Gee-Gees as a running backs coach. Clark was the head coach at uOttawa for two seasons, 1983-84.

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QUARTERBACKS RECEIVERS COACH

RON RAYMOND

Raymond is the head coach and offensive coordinator for the Orleans Bengals Midget U20 team and spent three seasons as offensive coordinator at Franco-Cité high school. Before that, he was the quarterbacks coach with the Cumberland Panthers U20 squad. He also has provincial and national team experience, working as the quarterbacks coach for Canada’s U15 and receivers coach for Team Ontario east U18 selection camp in 2012. This is his first season with the Gee-Gees.

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RECEIVERS COACHES

CYRIL ADJEITY

Adjeitey earned three OUA All-Star awards and two second team All-Canadian awards during his five-year career with the Gee-Gees (2006-10). He co-holds the Gee-Gees record for longest reception at 106 yards, and is second in program history for receiving touchdowns in a career with 18. The Ottawa product was an Academic All-Canadian during his career and is now studying towards an M.Sc. in biochemistry.

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AARON GEISLER

Aaron Geisler is an NCCP certified coach who recently served as a graduate assistant coach with the Western Mustangs while earning a Master’s degree in kinesiology. The St. Thomas, Ont. native led the OFC in rushing during his time with the London Beefeaters and now works as the Technical Director at Football Canada. This is his first season with the Gee-Gees.

Photo of Cameron Lyons.
 

EQUIPMENT MANAGER

CAMERON LYONS

Now in his 16th season with the Gee-Gees, Cameron Lyons first came to a Gee-Gees training camp in 1998 as a wide receiver. Having been involved with football since high school, Lyons has helped see the Gee-Gees through Vanier Cup (2000) and Yates Cup (2006) championships.

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ACADEMIC COACH

FRANÇOIS GRAVELLE

François Gravelle returns for his 11th season with the Gee-Gees, having earned undergraduate (1981) and Master's (1986) degrees from uOttawa and a Ph. D. in education at UQTR in 1995. A professor at uOttawa's School of Human Kinetics, Gravelle is a long-time competitive weightlifter who earned the 2008 Canadian championship at 77 kg in the 50-55 age group.

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